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“Totally unpredictable like New Orleans” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Cajun Experience

The Cajun Experience
14 Loudoun St., Leesburg, VA
703-777-6580
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Ranked #29 of 160 Restaurants in Leesburg
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: www.cajunexperience.biz
Northern Virginia
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Totally unpredictable like New Orleans”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Have eaten here several times. Food is well prepared New Orleans menu. Service is what you can get when you are lucky if there is no attitude, so don't every be in a hurry. Jambalaya and Beignets are super.

Visited July 2013
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English first
Northern Virginia, VA
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77 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Delicious! Zydeco for your tastebuds”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We had an awesome (and surprising) lunch at The Cajun Experience in old town Leesburg, VA this weekend. Every drop of Cajun blood I may have wanted to do a little Fais do-do dance as we tried a little crawfish etouffee, the shrimp maque choux, and the jambalaya. The fried oysters were perfect - traditional Cajun prep but with delicious fresh Virginia sweet bluepoint oysters. My better half's lunch came with two beignets and we can easily say these beignets were the second best we've ever had --- only behind Café du Monde in New Orleans.

The food was well-prepared and our server Andrew was personable and friendly. As other reviewers have noted, the restaurant is in an old house which just adds to the character. We had so much food that we ended up taking half of it home and the leftovers were delicious too!

We'll definitely be back.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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KCMO
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92 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Great food in a grimy spot”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

The food was wonderful. The cleanliness of the front room in this old house needs attention. Window sills, etc need cleaning. The restroom was a his/hers and needed attention as well.
The poorboy sandwich (catfish) was delicious. The wait staff was attentive and helpful. I would definitely give this restaurant in Leesburg a try, but the owner needs to give more attention to the cleaning.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Centreville, Virginia
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“LA natives love it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Been here with several friends and family members--many of which were formally LA locals. The food is excellent and authentic.

Yes, it's a bit on the pricey side, but you get nice size portions. Their poyboy lunch special is a pretty good deal if you live/work in the Leesburg area (I believe its a sandwich, Cajun chips and beignets for under $10 on the weekdays).

I love the shrimp poyboys here, but I have also had the crawfish pie which was fantastic. I HIGHLY recommend the boudin balls as an appetizer (sausage, rice and spices fried into balls), really tasty! Great desserts, too--beignets are smaller than the ones in the french quarter, but taste just as good! It's one of those places that you can always count on for Cajun staples, the menu doesn't change much (if at all) seasonally.

They have a really nice patio with covered tables--been there a few times when they have had live jazz music. Inside the restaurant is pretty small, try and make reservations on a Friday/weekend night. Nearest parking is on the street or in the free garage less than a block away.

Lots of fun--great place to eat and hang out. Did I mention they have Abita beer--even the seasonal ones! Awesome place for those looking for a taste of home--or looking to try something new.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Leesburg, Virginia
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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Excellent place for Dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Not cheap for families with grown kids (family of 4 adults with 3 beers, 2 desserts, and 4 entrees cost ~80-100) but very good food and ambient. One evening as I was walking by they had a piano playing outside and a couple other times some jazz music. Crawfish etuffae, chocolate ben-yays (sorry for spelling, Creole is not my cup of tea), beer, all very tasty. If you're there make sure to ask if there is anything else that's not on the menu, occasionally they will have something not yet listed (like Oysters, which have now been added to the menu). Probably a good place to take a date for dinner. Recommended.

Visited May 2013
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